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SPLASH! - SYNOPSIS
‘Life is a Magical Journey’ opens the play as Preston the Parrot sets the scene on a busy ship as he prepares to set sail with his passengers. A flashback follows as the audience then learn how Preston came to end up as captain of a ship full of animals...
It all started when Preston received a telegram from his Captain who warned him that the world was going to end with forty days and forty nights of rain and it was down to Preston to save everyone. Unfortunately, the hardest part for Preston would not be building the ship, but persuading everyone to take him seriously!
His first challenge is to persuade Joan and George Giraffe that the world is about to end but unfortunately they are both set on practising their ballroom dance so are too busy to take Preston seriously! His following visit to Bruce and Sheila isn’t successful either as they are relaxed about the situation and merely decide to cancel their barbeque!
Eventually Preston comes up with a crafty idea to tell his friends that they have all won tickets for a luxury cruise in order to get them all on board the ship safely before the rain starts; ‘Two by Two’ follows as he hands out the tickets.
However unbeknown to Preston, a group of rats sneak on board and plan to enjoy the luxury cruise by eating all the food but before they can start their feast they are interrupted by the Cabin Crew, a group of seagulls, who enjoy excluding Malcolm the Penguin and giving him all the nasty cleaning jobs.
Yet there isn’t time for arguments as the passengers are welcomed aboard their ‘luxury cruise’ during ‘In A Floating Zoo.’ However below decks the rats are busy welcoming themselves as they plan to scavenge as much food as they can find! Meanwhile Antonio and Adriana Armadillo are up to mischief of their own as they enter chatting secretly describing themselves as the world’s most suspicious spies!
Things then begin to deteriorate as the passengers get restless with the constant rain and Preston begins to panic about telling them the truth and decides to throw a party to get everyone in good spirits before he shares his big secret. Unfortunately for him, Harry and Scab the rats overhear him and decide to spread the news for him!
However the party lacks any spirit and events spiral downhill as two passengers are about to give birth. Luckily, after two cork popping sounds the babies appear happy and healthy and the party can get underway during ‘Everybody Monkey Around.’ Yet the party spirit doesn’t last long as a note is discovered from the rats who have taken Polly Parrot hostage and won’t give her back until Preston hands over command of the ship; Preston’s secret is out and he has lost his wife! ‘When Life Was Good’ follows as the passengers reminisce. However the peace is interrupted by the rats entering with Polly, but after a quick and painless battle the passengers emerge victorious and they understand why Preston tricked them and forgive him.
Yet the peace doesn’t last long as it is discovered that Mrs Dodo has fallen overboard! Luckily, Malcolm comes to the rescue and after a heroic display the Cabin Crew decide to promote him and give him a white uniform that he has desired for so long! ‘Blue Skies Ahead’ is sung by everyone as they share feelings of optimism and just as things seem like they can’t get any better, the skies turn to blue and ‘When A Rainbow Fills The Sky’ ends the show.
SPLASH! - MUSICAL NUMBERS
5. When Life Was Good
SPLASH! - CAST LIST
The Pie Rats
SPLASH! - CREW LIST
Producer - Scott Wieprecht
Director - Jessica Trevarthen
Assistant Director - Sophie Elvin
Choreographer - Becky Woodcock
Lighting Designer - Scott Wieprecht
Sound Designer - Luke Pollard
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